The BusinessThe Business Resources

Leasing Tax Breaks

The main reason companies lease high-value equipment is to spread the cost and to preserve capital. But there are also tax advantages to leasing equipment.

   
Client

Managing virtualisation for the desktop

Microsoft’s Desktop Optimization Pack includes two virtualisation tools, one for Windows itself and one for individual applications. what is involved with setting these up, and what are the benefits and downsides?

   
ServerClient

Application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences

Get total application control with Windows Group Policy Preferences.

   
ServerNetworkThe Business

Planning an Upgrade with MAP Toolkit 4.0

Keeping up with technology changes is a challenge for both consultants and their customers. Server virtualization is now fully integrated into Microsoft’s platform, with the advent of Hyper-V in Server 2008.
   
ServerClient

Getting to grips with VDI

Virtual Desktop Infrastructure (VDI) is being promoted as the solution to all that ails the desktop. The truth is somewhat different.

   
Server

How, why and when to defragment your Windows Server disks

Servers are particularly susceptible to file fragmentation as they deal with multiple requests from a wide range of users and often have more complicated drive setups such as RAIDs and SANs.

   
Server

Solid State Hard Drives for database performance

Solid State Disks (SSDs) aren’t just for netbooks: they have the potential to transform server specification, especially for database systems. SSDs aren’t much in the business eye at present but we expect them to become a hot topic over the coming year.

   
Network

How to spoof a MAC address (and why)

MAC spoofing is one of those odd tricks: it’s not very useful most of the time (and it can be extremely awkward in a well-managed environment) but sometimes it’s the only technique that will solve the problem.

   
ServerNetworkBusiness Continuity

Rebuilding a NAS appliance RAID array

Disks fail, and RAID arrays need rebuilding. Be prepared for the worst – and keep your clients’ data safe.

   
Fluff

Dirtection Inc: episode 1

There are 322 types of keyboard fluff. This is the story of one of them.

If it hadn’t been for the piece of fluff, the whole business with the horseflies, the vicar and the postmistress might have turned out very differently. It was a particularly interesting piece of fluff, as it happens, which is why I stole it. Well, I’m not sure ‘steal’ is quite the right word, really. More a case of borrowing. I would have given it back if asked. But, as is so often the case with fluff, nobody asked.
   

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